FORT WORTH — Six months ago, Jalen Reagor's place on Texas Christian University's depth chart was unknown.

He was an incoming freshman untested on the collegiate level and yet to cross Waxahachie High School's graduation stage.

Less than three days away from the Horned Frogs' season opener against Jackson State University at Amon G. Carter Stadium, though, he might challenge for playing time.

The depth chart the team released Friday provided the tease to fans in his hometown of Waxahachie, but Gary Patterson's words provided more information.

"There has been a lot of competition at the wideout position as you can see from our depth chart. It's been really good even though we haven't really had Omar Manning yet. Jalen and Kenedy (Snell) and Al'Dontre Davis — even though he will redshirt this year – have done well," Patterson divulged from behind the podium during Wednesday's press conference. "I've really been excited about the athletic ability in the guys we've had. And obviously, there's a lot of competition at the one spot with Taj (Williams) Reagor and (John) Diarse."

According to Patterson and the depth chart, Reagor is in competition with Williams, a 6-foot-4 and 193-pound senior transfer from Iowa Western Community College, and Jaelan Austin, a 6-foot-2 and 240-pound junior from Grand Prairie.

Williams is third among the "X" receivers. The operative "OR" placed between Austin and Reagor could provide wiggle room at the co-owned "Z" position.

Fellow "X" receiver and senior Emmanuel Porter sits behind Diarse, a former LSU transfer, on the depth chart while Ty Slanina/Shaun Dixon and Desmond White/KaVonte Turpin sit in the driver's seats of the of the respective "Y" and "H" wideout positions in TCU's Air Raid offense.

Lancaster High School product Omar Manning is not listed on the depth chart.

Last season, receivers dropped 38 of starting quarterback Kenny Hill's passes. Save for a bobbled ball or two, the Indians' former superstar was sure-handed in Head Coach Jon Kitna's offense and with the help of rifle-armed quarterback Bryse Salik.

Reagor also turned 14 of his 52 receptions into scores and gained 1,008 yards (19.3 YPC) as a senior — seventh in the UIL 5A classification. His touchdown total was third.

He was also a four-star rated receiver in 247Sports and ESPN rankings.

Only Williams, a former four-star recruit ranked as the No. 1 junior college wide receiver in the nation and No. 6 overall player by, came within earshot of the 1,000-yard mark among TCU pass catchers last season.

All other receivers had 500 or fewer yards.

He started 10 of TCU's 13 games — the most among all returning receivers — and 39 passes for 702 yards (18 YPC) and five touchdowns. His best game in 2016 came against Oklahoma when he reeled in five passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Williams' yardage against the Sooners was the fourth highest single-game total in Horned Frog history.

Patterson hinted that Snell, the second of the two-punch Waxahachie combo, could see The field sooner in the season rather than later.

"Snell has been having a really good camp," Patterson noted. "We've really been trying to force feed him the whole offense at various positions."

Jackson State could have its work cut out for it against Diarse, Manning, Reagor, Snell, Turpin, and Williams after it surrendered 63 points to UNLV in last year's season opener.

"This group has come along way since we started. They've learned a lot and the young guys have worked hard," Patterson continued. "We'll have to play them and they'll have to grow up. I don't know where it's going, but I like where we are overall. Defensively, we are going to have to have more attention to detail and we're still going to have to be able to throw and catch, run the football, and play in the red zone."


Marcus S. Marion is the sports editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror. He can be reached by phone at (469) 517-1456 or across social media platforms @MarcusSMarion.